Approval ratings for Carper, Coons fall

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DOVER — Both of Delaware’s U.S. senators have seen their popularity drop over the past 10 months, according to a new poll from Morning Consult.

The survey company reported 58 percent of Delaware voters approve of Sen. Tom Carper and 52 percent approve of Sen. Chris Coons. Both are Democrats.

Those numbers are down from September of last year, when Sen. Carper ranked as the fourth-most popular senator, with 66 percent of registered voters in the First State expressing support in a Morning Consult poll. Sen. Coons received a 55-percent approval rating at the time.

An April survey saw 62 percent approve of Sen. Carper and 58 percent approve of Sen. Coons.

While Delaware has been a reliably Democratic state, nearly one-third of voters reported disapproval of Sen. Coons, 53, in the latest poll, conducted from April to June. Sen. Carper, 70, is disliked by just over a quarter of respondents.

Sen. Carper’s popularity slipped a bit in April, but he remained in the top 10. He now sits behind 14 members of the chamber, while Sen. Coons has slid from being the 23rd most popular senator nationwide in September to being the 45th most approved-of now.

Although Sen. Coons has seen the number of individuals who approve of his performance decrease by just 3 percent since September, his disapproval mark is up from 20 percent to 31 percent.

Sen. Carper’s approval rating is down 8 points, and his disapproval rating has risen by the same amount.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent who campaigned for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, is the most popular senator in all three polls, while Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, is the most disliked.

Sen. Carper, the dean of Delaware’s congressional delegation, has been in elected office since 1977, serving as state treasurer, U.S. representative, governor and senator.

Sen. Coons was first elected statewide in 2010, when he won a special election for the Senate.

Reach staff writer Matt Bittle at mbittle@newszap.com

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